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Sunday morning notes: Busy day in Tampa

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 03, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

At best, this afternoon’s game is the fourth-most important thing going on in Yankees camp today. And today is a Red Sox game!

Ichiro Suzuki was in a car accident yesterday, Andy Pettitte threw his first simulated game this morning, and Phil Hughes played catch for the first time in two weeks. It’s a busy day, and that’s before making a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Fort Myers.

Let’s start with the story that’s probably most alarming, but also seems to have the smallest impact.

Ichiro was driving home after yesterday’s game. He was heading south on Dale Mabry — the road directly in front of Steinbrenner Field — and when he got to the busy intersection at Kennedy Boulevard. Another car turned left in front of Ichiro, who said he slammed on the brakes but didn’t have time to stop. The impact was enough to total Ichiro’s car, and Ichiro joked that he now knows for certain that airbags do exist, but Ichiro himself was perfectly fine.

“Not (hurt) at all,” he said. “I almost want my body to feel like I got hit or something, but my body just didn’t react, I guess. Nothing.”

Ichiro called his translator, Allen Turner, who got to the scene of the accident to help deal with police. The damage was to the front of Ichiro’s SUV, mostly toward the driver’s side. Ichiro said the woman who hit him didn’t recognize him.

“Very thankful that everybody was OK,” Ichiro said. “She was very distraught and very apologetic from the beginning. Really shook up a little bit, but she was OK.”

Ichiro said he’ll see a doctor after today’s workout, but there’s very little concern. Girardi said he expects Ichiro to play on Tuesday.

Here’s a story I didn’t know:

“When I was in high school, I was on a bicycle and got hit by a car,” Ichiro said. “Ever since then, I’ve been really aware and really careful to the point where I look everywhere. As a driver I’m very careful and very aware of the situation. I’m probably the worst backseat driver because I see everything and I tell the driver, ‘Be careful,’ a lot. So I’m a very careful driver.”

• Pettitte threw his first simulated game of the spring. He faced Matt Diaz and Francisco Arcia for two “innings” and reported no problems. In fact, Pettitte seems extremely optimistic. He said his next outing will probably be another simulated game, but he said he’s grown to actually like — and sometimes prefer — sim games instead of regular spring training games. He’s not sure how many games he’ll get in this spring. “Whatever it’s going to be, it’s going to be plenty good for me,” he said.

• Mariano Rivera also threw a simulated game, another one-inning outing, also against Diaz and Arcia. This was Rivera’s second sim game of the spring.

• Funny moment from this morning: Diaz broke a bat against Pettitte. “Damn you,” Diaz said as he walked away. “I only brought two, and Mariano hasn’t even thrown yet.”

• Hughes played catch with Triple-A pitching coach Scott Aldred. It was 25 throws from 60 feet, literally nothing more intense than what you or I might do in the back yard, but it’s a step forward for Hughes. “Good, great, no issues,” Hughes said. He’ll play catch again tomorrow. Still not sure when he’ll get on a mound.

• By the way, when asked to rank his current back pain from 1 to 10, Hughes responded, “Zero.”

• Slade Heathcott is wearing a small brace on his right wrist. He said he felt fine after his outfield collision with Ronnier Mustelier, but his wrist was a little swollen the next day and it bothered him during during batting practice. That’s when he told the staff and went for an MRI that came back clean. He expects to start swinging a bat again on Tuesday. “I’m not really that worried about it,” Heathcott said. “It feels night and day different than it did the other day. Doesn’t really bother me. I have all my strength back.”

• Boone Logan said he’s had a “little annoying thing” in his elbow for a while now. Never any pain, and his arm strength is good, but it was bothering him. He had it checked out and an MRI revealed nothing but inflammation. He expects to be back on a mound by the middle of next week.

• Greg Bird has been reassigned to minor league camp. He said he’s been dealing with a minor lat issue, but he doesn’t expect it to be a significant problem. Might simply have to rest for a day or two when he gets to the minor league complex.

• Cody Eppley, Vidal Nuno, Dave Robertson, Joba Chamberlain and CC Sabathia were scheduled to throw sides today. I saw Sabathia and Eppley after theirs, but the rest were going on while I was watching Rivera and Pettitte. I haven’t heard that anyone had any trouble.

• Matt Tracy also threw a simulated game today.

Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Luke Murton, 2B Jose Pirela, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Rob Segedin, LF Ronnier Mustelier, CF Adonis Garcia, RF Tyler Austin, DH J.R. Murphy

Today’s scheduled relievers: Jose Ramirez, Chase Whitley, Preston Claiborne, Juan Cedeno, Josh Spence, Kelvin Perez and Branden Pinder. Hard to believe all of those guys will actually get in the game, but all of them were listed.

• Just an FYI, I’m definitely not going to get to Fort Myers in time for the start of today’s game. At this point, I’m just hoping I can still get there by the time it ends and Girardi talks. Way too much going on here in Tampa to rush down there.

Associated Press photo of Ichiro, cell phone photo of Pettitte

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50 Responses to “Sunday morning notes: Busy day in Tampa”

  1. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Another Jo-Ram outing. Sweet.

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Hope Phil’s being straight. If so, good news.

  3. jacksquat March 3rd, 2013 at 11:52 am

    blake March 3rd, 2013 at 9:14 am
    @eboland11: Ichiro said car was nearly totaled but feels no soreness or pain. Will be evaluated by doctor as precaution but after he works out this a.m.

    You can’t take out a ninja with a mere auto accident.

  4. Tar March 3rd, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Alfred

    I did some crazy (stupid) stuff at 22. It maybe what makes him who he is. Not only that, its more likely instinctual ( not easily changed, see Gardner sliding head first) than any “redneck” thing. :D

    As he gets older you just hope he can harness it better. Just my 2 cents

  5. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Ichiro is kind of like a cat. You know the ones who fall several stories and then just snap to, like nothing ever happened, and pad off with their usual ridiculous nimbleness. Glad he’s ok an that no one else got hurt.

  6. Shame Spencer March 3rd, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Just a quick question.. do people out of market still get the game on YES? Or is it like blacked out until the MLB broadcast?

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Tar,

    I think you’re right that you can’t separate that expression from who he is and that it probably is the engine of his ability.

    But that doesn’t mean he can’t grow wiser. He’s had a tough upbringing, so I wonder if he has a genuine disregard for his own body in the way some people do who didn’t get nurtured right. I just want him to weed out what doesn’t serve him, keep the passion.

    Yes, he’s quite young. My kingdom for a young OF! :)

  8. Shame Spencer March 3rd, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Random, but SJ posted something on Twitter I thought was interesting..

    He posted an article about how the fans will never trust Loria and suggested contracting the Marlins and having the Rays play in Miami. He thinks they’d draw 3 million a year there. Never gonna happen, but I thought it was an interesting proposition. I do think the Rays would draw.. It’s hard to say how much, but I think they’d do better given their history.

  9. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    Shame, I think that’s been talked about before. Isn’t their park also in a weird location? We got screwed by that 2003 park, living on the WT.
    ///

    It’s still early, but has anyone seen Myers in a ST game yet?

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I am just so happy baseball is back! Trenton Thunder OD gets closer and closer!!!

  11. Shame Spencer March 3rd, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Yeah I think it’s really out of the way of the more populated areas.

    Crazy:

    ?@jonmorosi

    Family of Tigers RHP Brayan Villarreal was subject of armed kidnapping attempt in Venezuela, his agent confirmed. They are OK, unharmed.

  12. jacksquat March 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Heathcott needs to dial it back from 10 to 9.5.

  13. Tar March 3rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Alfred

    Yep. Being in camp is probably a double edge sword. On one hand he’s around all the veterans like Jete. On the other hand he wants so hard to impress.

    I’ve seen a lot of posts about trying to change him. I disagree with that. Harness it, tone it down ok. But I don’t believe in a leopard changing its spots.

    For me, the most recent example ( although maybe not a great one) was AJ. A power pitcher that forgot he was a power pitcher. All this stuff that they tried to change with AJ just made him worse. Go with your strengths.

  14. randy l. March 3rd, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    heathcott has never played more than 76 games in a year in his pro career.

    that’s a very real problem.

    gardner played 118 games in his first pro year.

    that’s almost two years for heathcott.

    the kid is obviously really talented, but it’s premature to get excited about him until he can play 100 games in a year.

  15. Against All Odds March 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 11:35 am
    True he can dial it down a bit but I’m not sure he can. He really seems like one of those guys that can only play at one speed. Maybe he’ll grow out of it.
    ///

    Odds, maybe he should read Bill Bradley’s classic “A Sense of Where You Are.”

    ——————-

    Not a bad idea :D

  16. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    JAP,

    Thanks for that hilarious post by Dave Cameron…..who is great at numbers but knows absolutely nothing about scouting or visual player evaluation…..

  17. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    They should get Austin as much playing time as they can….

  18. randy l. March 3rd, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    “But I don’t believe in a leopard changing its spots.”

    i think heathcott has little chance of playing for long if he continues to play recklessly.

    i’d expose him to guys like jeter and posada and mariano. real tough guys because they are tough enough to show up on the field almost always.

    i believe heathcott’s kind of toughness is just for show. if heathcott were really tough he’d play in almost every game like jeter does.

    he doesn’t, and he needs to change .
    if he can’t do it, if it’s a leopard changing it’s spots thing ,he’s going to be on the endangered species list in no time :)

  19. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    “i believe heathcott’s kind of toughness is just for show. if heathcott were really tough he’d play in almost every game like jeter does.”

    That’s just speculation…..Jeter does sit out when he’s injured….being injured is different than the little bumps and bruises that guys play with….Heathcott has largely missed time for things requiring surgery.

    He does need to tone it down a notch but we shouldn’t assume things about his toughness or why he plays the way he does…..

  20. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    @ChrisDeLuca: #Cubs say Garza could be on DL till May.

  21. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    JAP,

    Thanks for that hilarious post by Dave Cameron…..who is great at numbers but knows absolutely nothing about scouting or visual player evaluation…..
    //

    You’re welcome. Don’t even mean to pick on Cameron, he can write what he likes, but it’s just that he seems to have become deified as an evaluator just because he’s got a good grasp of advanced metrics. I just don’t see conflating the one with the other. And if that isn’t one of the most wildly off the true scent of an accurate evaluation in the form of a scouting report, then I don’t know what is.

  22. tucker March 3rd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Heathcott very much has a football mentality on the baseball field. You don’t want him to lose his intensity or passion, you just hope he cuts out the stupid stuff — like not communicating w/other outfielders, barking against the opponent (AFL last fall) or tackling the catcher after getting HBP (Charleston).

  23. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    @ChrisDeLuca: #Cubs say Garza could be on DL till May.
    ///

    Good timing, we’ll probably need pitching by then. Let’s make the deal now so we keep him away from the Red Sox, who don’t know any better. Mason Williams and Jose Ramirez ought to get it done :)

  24. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Cameron should stick to what he does well….which is evaluating players with advanced metrics….because he often does kinda pretend to be a scout in addition to that and he’s simply not qualified…..I mean he can give an opinion….but he pretty much has no basis or background to make it mean anything.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    i’d expose him to guys like jeter and posada and mariano. real tough guys because they are tough enough to show up on the field almost always.
    ///

    Kinda like Robinson Cano, who never seems to get a day off. Take that, Dusty Worshippers :)

  26. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    “Good timing, we’ll probably need pitching by then. Let’s make the deal now so we keep him away from the Red Sox, who don’t know any better. Mason Williams and Jose Ramirez ought to get it done ”

    You shouldn’t give him any ideas……speaking of Ramierez….pumped to see him again today

  27. Rich in NJ March 3rd, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    “i think heathcott has little chance of playing for long if he continues to play recklessly.”

    Probably true. He has to pick his spots.

    “i believe heathcott’s kind of toughness is just for show. if heathcott were really tough he’d play in almost every game like jeter does.”

    That’s absurd. He has had major injuries and it contradicts your other point.

  28. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    You shouldn’t give him any ideas……speaking of Ramierez….pumped to see him again today
    ///

    Me too. It was only one start, but he blew me away in 2010 down in Lakewood. He’s just got to try to stay healthy. We should be getting him in no time down here, and then I’ll probably have to pitch a tent outside the park.

  29. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    “Me too. It was only one start, but he blew me away in 2010 down in Lakewood”

    I was really really impressed the other day….

  30. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    If you watch the playback of that play with Heathcott and ignore the craziness and the collision…..he covers a crap load of ground to get there….he probably would have caught it if Musty wasn’t there and he was shaded a little to LF when it was hit…..

  31. tucker March 3rd, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Chip says:
    March 3, 2013 at 10:09 am
    However you slice it though, some combination of Mesa, Almonte and Mustelier should go north and Diaz and Rivera should just go. Though, as I’ve said before, I’m almost positive that Girardi will take the two veterans.
    Xxxxxxxx

    It would be a huge surprise if Girardi did not take one of these vets to start the season, possibly both.

    Would rather see Melky/Almonte and Musty take the 2 open positions. As a fan, would get more enjoyment out of watching those young and not-so-young (Musty) develop on the field, even if it means missing the playoffs.

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I would like to see him over several innings, which we won’t get in ST. I want to see the slider over that stretch. In Lakewood, he basically just had a terrific fastball/change combo and they couldn’t touch him.

  33. yankeefeminista March 3rd, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    “As a fan, would get more enjoyment out of watching those young and not-so-young (Musty) develop on the field, even if it means missing the playoffs.”
    ___
    Experience doesn’t = playoffs. Young upside can win too even with growing pains. It is all about talent.

    Pruf, yes! pumped to see the slider evolve over the course of the Trenton season combined with that FB, CU combo.

  34. Rich in NJ March 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    “As a fan, would get more enjoyment out of watching those young and not-so-young (Musty) develop on the field, even if it means missing the playoffs.”

    And it’s only for about six weeks. None of them are likely to make, or certainly break, their fortunes. Maybe one jumps starts their development and becomes a viable option going forward. If not now, when? More highly-rated prospects could negate their chances by next year. They need to stop playing it so safe.

  35. blake March 3rd, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I think he threw like one slider that I saw the other day and it looked ok…..I just like his arm action

  36. trisha - true pinstriped blue March 3rd, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Will be watching the game on NESN while at the same time playing Tinkerbell online games. (The things we do for love.)

    GO YANKS!!!

    :)

  37. yankeefeminista March 3rd, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I have to work (last class, gratefully), but thank God for the archives. Go Yanks!

  38. randy l. March 3rd, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    “That’s absurd. He has had major injuries and it contradicts your other point.”

    rich in nj-

    i think slade heathcott will need constant supervision similar to what josh hamilton has had to go through.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/...../305139915

    i’m rooting for the kid, but seriously, there’s some demons in there.

  39. J. Alfred Prufrock March 3rd, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    blake, they actually retooled him some in between my seeing him in Lakewood and in that brief appearance the other day, but he looks like the same guy to me.

    Yeah, I remember the one slider. If he can have a consistently good one, he’s got weapons against both handed hitters. He has everything, really: plus stuff, command, throws easy… got to stay healthy.

    Got to get some work done so I can watch today in relative peace.
    Go Jo-Ram!

    Good one, folks.

  40. Tar March 3rd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    “i think slade heathcott will need constant supervision similar to what josh hamilton has had to go through.”

    On the field we are talking about a Lennie Dykstra not a Bobby Abreu. You can’t just change or teach that out of a player. You can hope as he matures he learns to harness it.

    Off the field stuff I have no knowledge of, and no comment on.

  41. RadioKev March 3rd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Here in MA, NESN is airing a half hour of programming called “The Best of Don & Jerry 2012.” I so strongly loathe NESN.

    You all in New York just do not understand how good you have it ;)

  42. Rich in NJ March 3rd, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    randy

    Every young kid not named Jeter needs to be supervised (not too tightly or you risk reactance).

    But Hamiltion couldn’t stay in MLB.

    I don’t see Heathcott’s issue as being quite the same. Plus, religion really works for some people.

    Thanks for the link.

  43. randy l. March 3rd, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    rich in nj-

    i’m just coming up to speed on heathcott. what caught my eye this morning is how the same old hype and enthusiasm is happening on the blog with young prospects. i’m really just pointing out heathcott is a long way from someone the yankees can count on because of his past and the problems he has.
    i hope he makes it.

    but to me it’s just more of the same old, same old of dreaming about the future when in reality, the yankees end up with damaged flawed players like romine, joba, betances, baneulos, brackman etc, even hughes didn’t come close to his ceiling. the best young players are the ones who’ve left,jackson and kennedy.

    i think it’s crazy to get excited about young yankee players until they actually put up some numbers at the mlb level and stick. even then like with a player like melky they trade him.

    i guess i’m simply saying i have almost no faith that cashman and yankee management with stay on course and complete the job with young players.

    so therefore i’m not really very optimistic about heathcott though the upside is obviously huge.

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